Serendipitous Blues

The Paya Indah Wetlands – Paya Indah means Beautiful Swamp – is a man-made wetlands area that was created on land which had been heavily degraded by tin mining and sand dredging activities. The excavations left by the mining works have been converted into lakes which are now home to fish, lotus plants and water lilies and some more exotic species. More on those in a minute.

My cycling friends rode to the wetlands just after the Movement Control Order was lifted. We couldn’t get in at the time because public parks, including Paya Indah, were still not open to the public.

Paya Indah is open now and we rode there again to see those exotic species. As I looked through the photographs from that day I realised that there are plenty of shades of blue I had not noticed at the time. Like these blue pavers in the parking lot.

On our way.

Blue sky.

One of those exotic species. And by chance a blue bike.

Showing off.

Baby and Lily are the stars of the show. They are a gift from the government of Botswana. Can I claim that their hides have a blue tinge?

Baby and Lily spend most of their time in here.

Geetha drove there with her very excited children. Coincidentally wearing a blue-striped dress.

The kids loved the hippos.

And the crocs.

On the way home.

8 response to "Serendipitous Blues"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: July 12, 2020

    Looks like that was a very nice ride… but the hippos in the water would be a very big surprise if you hadn’t been told beforehand!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: July 12, 2020

      For sure. Especially when you learn that hippos can run at up to 48kph!

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 12, 2020

    Hippos and crocodiles, oh my! Not an every day sight when cycling in my little corner of the planet. That’s what I like about cycle365. Very entertaining ride. Thanks for sharing.

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: July 12, 2020

    Baby and Lilly definitely look bluish to me. Reflection from the sky I assume?

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: July 12, 2020

      ‘Yes’ to reflection from the sky.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: July 14, 2020

      Glad you like the pics.

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